Returning to the present, Teresa is on her way to the pizzeria. While Milania is passed out in the back (doubtless from the million tantrums she's already thrown today), Gia asks if Joe Gorga will be at the party. Both she and Teresa agree that they hope so, but Gia especially because she has a surprise in store. Hopefully it doesn't involve gymnastics. We don't need any more chipped teeth up in here. Then again, Joe is generally a lot more agile and a lot less blithering drunk than Juicy, so he might be okay.
People begin to arrive at the party, including the Manzos and Wakiles. Kathy thinks her show of support at the book signing has smoothed things over between Teresa and her. Caroline is less confident. She thinks the Punta Cana trip is going to be a disaster, and she plans to sequester herself with a mojito under her own cabana. She quips that the trip should be a battle to the death involving coconuts. Whoever makes it out alive can come back to Jersey. This joke seems to make Kathy uncomfortable, probably because violence really is just one misused coconut away for these people.
As the Lauritas arrive, the kids start getting restless and hungry. Teresa is flustered because she's waiting for the Gorgas to cook the pizzas. Having seen that they arrived about four hours late to her book signing, she should know better, but what Teresa should know and what she actually does know never seem to match up. The kids are literally banging on the tables and yelling "WE WANT PIZZA!" as the Gorgas arrive. The ladies' ensembles seem to be observing a Clan of the Cave Bear theme tonight, with exotic pelts and ponchos of all sorts. Melissa says she's been praying that the Joes won't fight.
The Gorgas make their way inside, where Joe gives Gia a huge hug. Juicy looks on angrily. He heads back to the kitchen, where Teresa asks him if he said hi to Joe and Melissa. Frankly, it's a stupid question and a bad idea. These two men clearly hate each other, so why not just keep their interaction minimal? Trying to appear polite is ill-advised when the gesture is inevitably going to result in an amateur ultimate fighting match. Rich is not helping things, as he and Joe stand outside and make fun of Juicy's chipped tooth and joke around about knocking out some more of his teeth. I say if they're going to make fun of anything, it really should be his choice to wear a chef's hat. The guys head back inside as Juicy teaches the kids how to make their own personal pizzas. For now, the violent impulses are being kept at bay, and Kathy hopes it stays that way. She thinks the guys should realize that they would, in fact, be a lot stronger if they could control themselves